Titular Bishop of Abtugni and Auxiliary to the fourth Bishop of Rockville Centre
Bishop Paul H. Walsh was born on August 17, 1937 in Brooklyn where he attended Blessed Sacrament School. He then attended St. Barnabas in Bellmore and Seton Hall High School in Patchogue.
Bishop Walsh received a bachelor’s degree from Providence College. He received his seminary training at the Dominican House of Studies in Dover, Massachusetts, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy. He received theology degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. Bishop Walsh was ordained a priest on June 9, 1966.
For the first seven years of his priesthood, (1967-74), Bishop Walsh served as head chaplain and teacher of moral theology at Providence College. He then became director of form at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington (1774-78).
In 1979 Bishop Walsh was appointed pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan. He also as served as prior of his community for two and a half years during his pastorate. In 1983, Bishop Walsh returned to Long Island, serving as associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Mary Church in Centerport. He was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre the following year.
In 1984 he was assigned as associate pastor at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Smithtown. He became pastor at St. Patrick’s two years later. In 1996, Pope John Paul II named him an honor with the title “Monsignor”.
The bishop has served on several boards including the Admissions Board of the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington.(1997-2001) and the Board of the Long Island Catholic newspaper (1999-2001). He was a Suffolk County Police Department Chaplain from 1995 until May 2000.
Bishop Walsh was appointed Titular Bishop of Abtugni and Auxiliary to the Bishop of Rockville Centre on April 3, 2003. He was ordained Bishop on Ascension Thursday, May 29, 2003 at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. In his role as Auxiliary Bishop, he will serve as vicar of the Western Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He was also named pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Roosevelt.
Bishop Walsh’s Episcopal motto is “Rejoice in Hope”, taken from the writings of St. Paul. In this motto Bishop Walsh expresses the essence of Resurrection Theology that in all that we do as believers in the Risen Christ, our happiness, our joy and our expectation lie in the knowledge and joy that comes from knowing what Christ has promised for those who believe in Him.
Explaination of Coat of Arms
For his coat of arms, Bishop Walsh selected a design that reflects his life and his heritage. The coat of arms includes a red chevron, the basic configuration of the arms of the family Walsh, use to honor the heritage that comes to him from his parents, Paul and Dorothy Walsh. Below the chevron is a black cross fleuretty, which is often used in arms relating to the Dominicans. This signifies the years spent as a Dominican friar and priest, before becoming a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Above the chevron are a shamrock, which honors both Bishop Walsh’s Irish heritage and his years as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Smithtown. Also above the chevron is a deep blue star, which represents Msgr. Walsh’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.